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Strong market growth for block paving producers

Concrete block paving

Growth in concrete block paving production being led by the housing sector, say BDS

FOR the first time in a decade, the production of concrete block paving has shown growth against the previous year. This is one of the key findings reported by industry specialists BDS Marketing Research Ltd in their latest annual report on the industry entitled ‘Estimated Outputs of Concrete Block Paving Plants in Great Britain’.

According to BDS, the market has also seen a halt in the contraction of the industry with no plant closures during the year. This follows 10 years of downsizing, which saw around 20 plants cease production – 40% of all plants.


The growth in the market is being led by the housing sector, with new housing starts up by 20% in 2013 and a further 12% in 2014. This is now being followed by other construction sectors of importance to block paving manufacturers, with both commercial and industrial building activity improving during 2014.

New legislation due in April 2015 covering Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs) is likely to provide a further boost for some producers.

BDS estimate that Marshalls are the leading block paving producers, operating eight plants throughout Great Britain. Brett, Aggregate Industries and Plasmor are the other leading companies which, combined with Marshalls, account for almost 80% of the market between them.

A total of 29 plants and 13 separate manufacturers are identified in the report.

In one convenient document, the report lists all the block paving works for each company, with an estimated output for each, together with a forecast through to 2017. For further details contact BDS Marketing.


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